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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
86
very good

533 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 33
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere. A sweet aroma. Enormous soapy head, lacey. Long bitter finish. In a word: nutty brown. Very drinkable Hops and malting is so balanced. Better than its rating in the sense that I would serve this regular to people if available down the street. Great for the style.

Sammy, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled 4/2011.

Pours a murky brown with an explosively large khaki head that eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and nutty aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation that is just too much. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands and I think there may be a slight infection issue with the huge head and extreme carbonation that this particular bottle has.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

djrn2, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah to providing this bottle.

Pours a moderately-dark brown chestnut color with a huge off-white head and gobs and gobs of lacing as it goes down my tulip. The nose is pretty good with a bit of citrus and roast as well as some other fruits. The flavor is about the same--some roast and a bit of malty sweetness as well as some orange and other citrus. The feel is somewhat bitter with a medium body. Pretty hoppy for a brown. I like it. Sort of reminds me of Short's Good Humans. Drinks pretty well. I would have this again.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and traces of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of brown malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness—more than you would expect from your typical brown ale.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a nice strong taste and is rather drinkable.

metter98, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a rocky, one-finger head that leaves a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Hop forward and pithy hemp aroma with a hint of caramel underneath; the malt becomes more apparent as the beer warms

Taste: The caramel and nutty brown ale flavors make a brief appearance up front but serve as an appetizer for the very pithy hemp flavors that build through mid-palate and dominate in the aftertaste; all the while, there is a burnt caramel undertone that becomes ever more apparent after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My second taste of Clown Shoes and I can tell that these guys love their hops; I enjoy their beers though I note that they are a touch on the aggressive side; this is not the beer for anyone expecting the usual brown ale

brentk56, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

. Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this.

A: The beer pours a clear brown color with a tall tan colored head.

S: Smells strongly of burnt rubber. There's definitely some citrus character to it, so it seems at least a little bit hoppy. Maybe a bit of burnt bread. Just a really off, harsh aroma, though.

T: Doesn't taste very good either. Quite a bit of rubber on the flavor as well. Some toasted malt and charred malt. A little bit of booze. Maybe some earthy hop notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I hope that this beer isn't supposed to taste like this because it was just awful.

womencantsail, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 1/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, dark medium-brown body beneath a tall, foaming, light tan-hued head.

Smell: A central deep breadiness, fairly toasty in the scent, streaked by hoppy notes of spice (white pepper), florals, and pithy tangerine peelings.

Taste: Bread, toasted grains sliding towards a roasty chicory-like taste given a thin layer of sprinkled toasted ground nuts. Near nil sweetness, though a very, very low hint of brown sugar that races by the tongue. A mix of florals and spice wrapped up in a big orange, tangerine-flavored bow. Moderate bitterness. Scant grassiness. Drying, bitterish, toasted finish with a light lingering hint of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: As expected, it was a hoppy brown.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich brown with a sticky,tight one finger khaki colored head atop,two broken rings of lace were left behind.Chocolate malts,roast,and fruity esters in the nose,as the beer warmed some sweet alcohol notes came into play.Medium smooth feel to the beer,roasty and earthy with lightly sweet chocolate flavors,a light shot of "green" hops lingered in the finish.Not as hop assertive as I thought it would be but its a very good brown ale.

oberon, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this one. Thanks, Arbi. The beer is a murky, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin cap.

Toasty, lightly roasted aroma. Grainy and mild, there's a subtle sweetness but on the whole it smells dry.

Toasted malt and earthy hops make up most of the flavor. Medium-bodied, on the dry side, perhaps a bit too dry for the style. There's a bit of bitter herbal astringency and some roasted malt in the finish along with faint solvent. Pretty decent, but not my favorite take on the style.

largadeer, May 07, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nothing springs to mind save "Brown Sugar" and "Jackie Brown"... Anyway, this stuff pours a sweet sienna topped by over a finger of mocha foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar (nailed it!), light coffee, light cocoa, light tobacco, a touch of grass, and a kiss of cashew. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee is a bit more powerful, the cocoa is darker, and the grass has morphed into some earthy cilantro-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel. Overall, a very nice brown, something I could easily see reaching for again.

TMoney2591, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SocalKicks, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky ruddy orange brown and somewhat opaque, with a nice deep color. Sticky collar of light tan foam that has great lasting power, with attractive lacing all the way down.

A little bit of chocolate malt, malted milk balls, earthy hops in the aroma. Served pretty cold, these aromas only came out after sitting for 10-15 minutes.

One dimensional bitterness, very little malt complexity at first. As it warms there's some vague coffee and burly dense malt flavors, pinned under a numbing layer of bitter pine sap. Specialty malt and an overload of bittering hops. It comes across as coarse and heavy handed. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation. A bit too rough to want another.

emerge077, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Sexy blaxploitation meets Catholic afterlife mockery - who could be offended by that, eh?

This beer pours a clear (I believe), rather dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent broadly spanning webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly toasted, and subtly meaty biscuity caramel malt, softly dank piney and leafy forest floor detritus, overripe citrus rind, bar-top nut skins, and the faintest whiff of bittersweet cocoa. The taste is gritty bready, doughy, and dry biscuity caramel malt, muddled green flora notes, mildly spicy orange citrus, more pithy generic nuttiness, wet ash, and a suggestion of time spent hanging around a black coffee urn, one adjacent to the creamer station as well.

The carbonation is gently rendered, in a playful, if a bit obsequious frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight for something out of 'murica, plainly smooth, and well, well nothing. It finishes off-dry, the 'layers upon layers' of malt surely saving some for the end, amongst a lingering bitter coffee, chocolate, and still mixed-up pine and citrus hoppiness - oh, those crazeee kids!

American Brown Ale? Why the hell not, truth in advertising is not said nation's strong suit. Way more amber than brown, and with a few smoky notions more aligned with the nascent Black Ale denomination, I'm at a virtual loss as to whether this one comes anywhere near the ballpark (talk like a native, they won't know!) of the purported style. Ok, on to actual impression - ummm, tastes good to me.

biboergosum, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown almost a mahogany finished oak hue with a light beige head forming thick, head has speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has herbal and citric hop notes, with bready caramelized sugars, and mild yeast dough like character. Flavor upfront herbal, pine, and citric bitterness coats the palate and doesn't really let up much, big imperial brown ale for sure. A bit muddled especially as I poured the last of the beer in, this beer is dry and would benefit from a touch more malt base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, well deserving dry finish from the boat loads of hops these guys threw into this brew. Overall I wanted it to love it since the label is top notch, but it's just okay for me this go around.

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.